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LEBANESE MASTER BEDROOM TURNS HEZBOLLAH “BUNKER”

…Fresh Arms Uncovered, Supermarket Sealed

The Amigo Supermarket is owned and operated by a group of Lebanese nationals resident in Nigeria- in the State of Kano that have been alleged to have links with the Hezbollah cell group. This group has been categorized by the United States of America as a terrorist operative group in the world. Last week, security agents in Nigeria were able to uncover large cache of arms and ammunition at the residence of these Lebanese nationals at a place they described as the warehouse of Hezbollah. The Amigo Supermarket also owned and operated by these nationals had been sealed by State Security Agents on the order of the Department of the Nigeria Federal Republic Justice Department.

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Security operatives in Kano have excavated another Hezbollah-linked cache of arms and ammunition in the same location as last week’s find. Military spokesman Captain Ikedichi Iweha said the new cache involves a bunker beneath the master bedroom. Three Lebanese nationals have been arrested. The new discovery was made yesterday at the 3 Gaya Road, Bompai address where, last week, a large quantity of arms and ammunition was found in a warehouse, and four foreigners were arrested. The owner of the warehouse, a Lebanese national, reportedly was being interrogated following the discovery. Today, however, it was understood that the property belongs to one Abdul Hassan Taher Fadlalla, a Lebanese national, but that he is currently out of the country. In a statement made available to reporters, Iweha of the Third Brigade of the Nigerian Army said that further search of the bungalow led to the astonishing discovery of dangerous weapons buried under a wardrobe. “After painstaking search of the whole premises, the search team uncovered an underground bunker in the master bed room where a large quantity of assorted weapons of different types and caliber and ammunition which were properly wrapped was recovered.

“On further search of the property, a cooler was recovered buried under the wardrobe which had in it, 80 indicators, 5 PPK pistols, 334 rds of 7.62mm special, 9 magazines, 4 pistol silencers, 18 36 hand grenades caps, 4 explosive fuses and 2 explosive devices.”He recalled that on 28 May 2013, a combined team of the DSS and 3 Brigade Nigerian Army conducted a thorough search of a house at No 3 Gaya Road off Bompai Road Kano.

Security Seal off Abuja’s Amigo Supermarket over Owner’s Alleged Terrorism Link

The popular Amigo supermarket in Abuja was sealed off by the Nigeria security agencies on Friday’s evening. The mall is owned by a Lebanese who is accused of being part of an uncovered terrorist cell.

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The Joint Task Force in Kano on Thursday named Fauzi Fawad, a co-owner of Amigo and Wonderland Amusement Park, Abuja’s largest, as allegedly part of a Lebanese Hezbollah cell operating in Nigeria. Both public areas were open on Friday as shoppers and visitors, many unaware of Mr. Fawad’s alleged involvement, continued their transactions. Wonderland also allowed visitors in without the basic entry fee.

“I don’t know about the owners terrorism links, I just came here to get some stuff,” Chuks Nweze, a shopper at Amigo, said. The sealing was not done by the police. The sources from the Nigeria security agencies said the sealing was done by the Department of State Security, SSS, who did not want to raise any alarm among the public and so waited till late in the evening to seal off both buildings.

Mr. Fawad is currently on the run, the JTF said after investigations by the SSS.

The JTF said they arrested three Lebanese in various raids in Kano and recovered heavy weaponry including anti-tank guns, rocket propelled grenades from a bunker in the house used by the foreigners. They said the three arrested all named Mr. Fawad as being part of their cell. The Lebanese community in Kano has already distanced itself from the actions of those arrested.

Terrorism: SSS Seeks Permission To Demolish Amigo Supermarket

A move has been initiated by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to demolish Amigo Supermarket in Abuja following alleged discovery of boxes with arms in the complex.

The outfit is owned by some Lebanese who were recently linked with terrorism activities including providing cells for Hezbollah terror group in Kano.

An online organization claimed that the State Security Service (SSS) had requested the approval of President Good luck Jonathan to demolish the supermarket. It added that the president had received the request by security agents but declined to grant it, more than a week after investigators sealed off the supermarket.

Last week, the media was awash with reports of the discovery of “boxes” containing arms during minor excavation works within Amigo. According to Premium Times, SSS sources said that the president had refused to communicate his decision on the matter to the agency, more than three days after, as it was the case with reports sent by the department. The development, it was learnt, had raised fears that the president might veto the proposal and stall further action on the matter. While the department recommended, in the report sent on Monday to the president, that the sprawling mall, estimated at over N5 billion be bulldozed and the area thoroughly searched for more arms, it suggested that the land on which Abuja’s biggest amusement park, Wonderland, also owned by the Lebanese, was built be revoked immediately by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).The property hosting the park is said to be owned by the FCTA and was only leased to the group for 10 years, sources said.

“We have sent in our report, but we can’t proceed without an approval by the president on such a matter of national security,” a senior official of the SSS involved in the investigations said. SSS spokesperson Marilyn Ogar did not respond to phone calls seeking to get the agency’s official reaction and next line of action.

The president’s office did not also respond to request for response to this story. Emailed request for comments to presidential spokesperson Reuben Abati on why the president has not decided was unanswered; his mobile telephone number was not available as at the time of this report, the online outfit said. Officials well briefed about Amigo /Wonderland investigations say the SSS’ recommendation that the supermarket be pulled down was based on three reasons: the security agency believes the place was used for stockpiling weapons. Also, investigators said they have evidence that proceeds of sales from the multi-billion enterprise had been used in funding terrorism; and the SSS expressed concern that a new administration after Jonathan’s might reallocate the property to the Lebanese group. The last scenario is reflected upon the well-known case of the Indian business group, Vaswani brothers, who were deported by the Obasanjo administration for money laundering but were ushered back into the country at the advent of a successor administration of Umaru Yar’Adua in 2007.

The Jonathan administration has already faced criticisms for its response to what investigators say is a clear terrorism case, after the authorities took more than 24 hours since the discovery of weapons in Kano last week before shutting down property linked to the suspects, including Amigo and Wonderland, both in the heart of the Nigerian capital. The Abuja property was sealed off on Friday night while the Nigerian military had revealed the discovered weapons in a Kano property on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, counsel to the arrested suspects, Bamidele Aturu, has questioned the rationale behind the move to demolish the Amigo structure.

Aturu threatened legal action against the federal government if those arrested were not charged to court on Wednesday as required by law. “What law allows the demolition? Nobody supports terrorism, but what we are asking is that they follow the laws of the land,” he told Premium Times on phone. Mr. Aturu said he had not been allowed to speak to his detained clients (the three Lebanese arrested) including a co-owner of the two Abuja companies, Mustapha Fawaz, since their incarceration.

Security Officials Excavate “Boxes” from Abuja’s Amigo Supermarket

Security officials who carried out a semi-excavation work on Amigo Supermarket in Abuja say they have unearthed ‘boxes’ whose content have not been disclosed.The boxes have been taken to the head office of the Department of State Security Service, SSS, in Abuja, an official of the agency, involved in the excavation, reported.

Sources announced that the security officials are currently excavating some parts of Amigo, one of Abuja’s busiest supermarkets, and Wonderland Amusement Park, Abuja’s largest amusement park, in search of likely weapons. The SSS sealed of Amigo and Wonderland on Friday evening after the businesses’ co-owner was declared wanted for allegedly being part of a Hezbollah Lebanese terrorist cell in the country. Earlier on Thursday, the Joint Task Force in Kano said it uncovered a bunker beneath a house in Kano where heavy ammunition including anti-tank, weapons were stored. The JTF said it arrested three suspected who mentioned the Amigo owner as part of them.

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